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theedgeofoblivious rated on 27 May 2012
[Version 7.0]


theedgeofoblivious reviewed on 27 May 2012
I use Avast on the Windows side, because on Windows it's definitely the best antivirus available. I had been using Sophos on the Mac, but Avast on Windows had more features, so after Avast released a Mac version, I decided to try it out.

The Mac version definitely had more features. In terms of sheer number of features, Avast definitely wins. But there were a few major issues:

First, I use SSL for email, and Avast would complain about not being able to check my email. I shouldn't have to choose between securely accessing my email and having antivirus running on my Mac.

Second, scanning took a really really really really long time. After installing Avast, I ran a full scan on my computer, and it ran for over 36 hours without being anywhere near finished, so I stopped it.

Third, when Avast was installed, my web browser was slowed down pretty drastically. Sites that would normally load very quickly would sometimes take between ten seconds and a minute to load. I'd be willing to accept a very slight delay, but that's too significant.

For Windows, there's no question that I'd recommend Avast. Avast makes good Windows software. Version 7.0 of the Mac looks like it has a lot of potential to become good software, and I have hope that Avast will become the same great app on the Mac that it is on Windows. It has a lot of good features, but the few major issues I listed are enough that I can't recommend using Avast on the Mac when Sophos works very well and almost silently and doesn't slow down my computer.
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